Basement Remodeling

Basement Remodeling Adds Additional Living Space To Home

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Most homes in the Midwest, have basements.

  • Basement remodeling can add useful square footage and is a great investment in your home
  • Square footage space in the basement does not count when marketing and selling your home, but homeowners who have their basements remodeled will definitely get their investment worth
  • There are three types of basements
  • Just a standard basement where there are no windows so there is no lighting, an English basement where there are windows, and a walk-out basement where there are windows and an exit to the backyard of the home

A remodeled basement on a home will normally add an additional $15,000 value to the home’s value.

Cost Of Basement Remodeling
Cost Of Basement Remodeling

The cost of remodeling a basement depends on how fancy you want to make your basement.

  • You can add a wet bar in your basement, an additional bedroom, an office, a standard bathroom, or a deluxe bathroom with jacuzzi, steam room, sauna
  • Or you can even have a gym in your basement
  • Walk-out basements have lots of lighting where you can deck it out and make it a functional in-law suite or guest suite
  • You can also add a full kitchen in your basement where you can make it into an entertainment room for parties and weekend get together functions
  • Many homeowners do not have finished basements
  • Many just use it as storage when with a little creativity, they can do a basement remodeling and utilize every single square footage of their basements

For very little money, homeowners can convert it to a useful living space and have part of the basement converted to a spacious storage area.

Unfinished Basement

Prior to hiring someone to do your basement remodeling or whether you plan on doing the basement remodeling yourself, make sure that your unfinished basement has no cracks in the foundation.

  • Doing your basement remodeling is a big investment
  • You would not want to see any leaks due to cracks in the foundation after you have the walls covered up with insulation and drywall
  • It can be a major mess and be costly to do the demolition and correct the leak after you have finished your basement
  • Check with the previous owner and check if your basement leaks after heavy rains to see if there are any water seepage
  • Even if your basement is dry and waterproof, hire a basement waterproofing company to have your basement waterproofed
  • Install a sump pump with a backup battery to make sure that your basement does not flood after a major storm and when the electricity goes out
  • Make sure you have a backup battery so the sump pump works
  • Make a list of things that are important to you such as a wet bar, playroom, gym, bathroom, guest bedroom, office, media room, storage, man cave, women cave, or other rooms you may want

The flooring type that you select is very important. Basements can leak so hardwood floors and carpeting may not be a good idea. Ceramic tiles are often recommended or other types of waterproof flooring.

Basement Remodeling: Choosing A Contractor
Choosing A Contractor

Remodeling your basement can cost anywhere between $5,000 to over $50,000 depending on how unique you want to make it. You will need electricians, plumbers, HVAC professionals, and carpenters. Many handymen who are a jack of all trades can normally give you a great price for your basement remodeling. Make sure you check out the references of the general contractor you hire to do your basement remodeling. Don’t just choose a carpenter out of an ad of your local free shopper newspaper and give them a down payment to do your basement remodeling. Just because a contractor has a very fancy website and is a smooth talker does not mean that they are reputable. Contractors in most states are not regulated like other professionals so take your time and not rush in hiring a contractor without checking out their references and make sure you Google the contractor and see their reviews and testimonials.

Financing Your Basement Remodeling

Financing your basement remodeling is another issue homeowners need to consider. Homeowners can see if they qualify for a home equity loan from a local bank. However, to qualify for a home equity loan or home equity line of credit, the homeowner will need equity in their home. Another option to financing your basement remodelling is by refinancing your home with an FHA 203k Rehab Loan where you can have the construction money for your repairs and your primary mortgage home loan all in one loan. If you are a homeowner and are interested in getting approved for an FHA 203k Loan to do your basement remodeling, please contact us at Gustan Cho Associates at 800-900-8569 or text us for a faster response. Or email us at

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